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  • Real Issues. Real Answers: Managing Generational Transitions
  • Why rising Federal Funds Rates Might be Good for the Housing Market
  • More Builders are Going Green
  • Single-Family Housing Starts Reach Highest Level Since 2007
  • Seven Predictions for the 2017 Wood Products Market
  • New Events
  • Industry Events
Real Issues. Real Answers: Managing Generational Transitions

In a very real sense, our companies are our people. They’re what set us apart from the competition, and they’re a big reason for our successes. Still, they’re people…and people age. That reality poses a fundamental challenge for companies with an aging workforce who want to do right by their long-time employees whose performance isn’t what it once was, while avoiding age-discrimination lawsuits. That’s why this month’s Real Issue addresses…Managing Generational Transitions.

Read the whole story at LBM Journal

Keep Your Yard Open 24/7 with Ponderosa Software’s Web-based Sales Portal!

PonderosaToday's LBM buyers shop differently and expect more. They want to be involved in researching product choices, designs and colors, and they want to purchase when they want.

Ponderosa Software's web-based Sales Portal lets your customers (and sales reps) view products, submit quotes and place orders 24/7, without having to wait for your customer service department to open! Sell and service your customers like never before with a visualization platform that can truly bring their vision to life!

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Why Rising Federal Funds Rates Might be Good for the Housing Market

Much of the commentary surrounding the Federal Reserve’s decision Wednesday to raise the Fed Funds rate by 25 basis points has been about how this is likely to increase mortgage rates, have a negative effect on home affordability, and potentially derail the still-wobbly recovery of the US housing market.

Respectfully, I disagree, and think the Fed’s actions might actually be good for the housing market for several reasons.

Read the whole story at Housing Wire

Contractor Sentiment Sees Boost Post Trump Election​

BlueTarp’s quarterly Index shows how the health of the building supply industry is trending, compared to last year, by taking a look at driving factors:

BlueTarp proprietary contractor spend and delinquency ​
Building permits ​
Consumer confidence ​ ​
Construction spend

Register to download BlueTarp’s Q4 Index and review the factors influencing the overall state of the industry.

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More Builders are Going Green

Builders are going green, according to a survey from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/ Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. Single-family builders often use 10 or more “green” products and practices, and, according to the survey, 22 percent almost always have their homes certified to one of several green standards, including National Green Building Standard (NGBS), Energy Star, LEED, and state and local programs. However, 48 percent have never or almost never had their homes certified.

Read the whole story at The M Report The M Report

The single best value in preventive maintenance and repair…

Perma-BootThe Perma-Boot is a gasket-less two- piece pipe boot repair system designed to permanently repair the most common type of roof leak - the leak around the vent pipes that penetrate your roof.
  • Perma-Boot slides over your existing roof vent boot, preventing leaks ​
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Single-Family Housing Starts Reach Highest Level Since 2007

Nationwide housing starts rose 3% in February from an upwardly revised January reading to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.288 million units, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department. Single-family production increased 6.5% to 872,000 units—its highest reading in nearly a decade—while multifamily starts fell 3.7% to 416,000 units.

Read the whole story at LBM journal

DeckWise® Altitudes Pedestal™ System

Displaying DeckWise250x300.gifThe engineers at DeckWise® developed the Altitudes Pedestal™ System to transform underutilized sloped roof tops, concrete patios, and balconies into beautiful outdoor living spaces. Pedestals will support and elevate 24" x 24" Ipe hardwood deck tiles over multiple substrate slopes for a perfectly level deck tile surface with a load bearing capacity of up to 1,200 lbs. per pedestal.

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Seven Predictions for the 2017 Wood Products Market

The first quarter of 2017 has surprised the wood products industry already; after a year where log prices increased dramatically and finished wood product prices remained subdued at best.

Good markets and bad markets can be distinguished by very slight marginal shifts in supply. We are in a glass half full market at the moment and it has given little optimism for the rest of the year.

Read the whole story at Capitol Press

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AlluraFrom siding to decking, shingles to soffit, backerboard to trim, Allura Fiber Cement products provide all the beauty, durability and strength you need all over your home. Unlike wood, vinyl and other building materials, Allura Fiber Cement products are specially formulated to withstand warping, fading, splintering, cracking, and denting. They are also fire resistant, impervious to insects and suitable for even the harshest climate. Plus, they’re backed by the best warranty in the business. All in all, Allura is the ultimate building material allternative.

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News Briefs

Lumberyard Owner Celebrates 60 Years on the Job MORE

Moisture Shield Parent Company Acquired MORE

84 Lumber Promotes McCrobie to New RoleMORE

Builder Confidence at a 12-Year High MORE

Industry Events


March 27-29, National Lumber & Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) Spring Meeting & Legislative Conference, Washington, DC

April 5-7, Lumbermen’s Association of Texas & Louisiana (LAT) Annual Convention & Buying Show, Grapevine, TX,

May 4-5, East Coast Builders Conference, Atlanta, GA,

May 19-22, Do it Best Spring Market, Indianapolis, IN,

Aug. 24-26, Orgill Fall Dealer Market, Boston,

Sept. 7-8, LBM Strategies Conference, Frisco, TX,

Sept. 25-27, True Value Fall Reunion, Chicago.

Oct. 13-16, Do it Best Fall Market, Indianapolis, IN,

Nov. 8-10, NAWLA Trader’s Market, Chicago, IL,